• Digital contemporary history: sources, tools, methods, issues

    Author(s):
    Peter Webster (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Library & Information Science, Social History of Archives
    Subject(s):
    Contemporary history, Digital archives, Digital history, Digitisation
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    web archives
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M60Z70W1K
    Abstract:
    This essay suggests that there has been a relative lack of digitally enabled historical research on the recent past, when compared to earlier periods of history. It explores why this might be the case, focussing in particular on both the obstacles and some missing drivers to mass digitisation of primary sources for the 20th century. It suggests that the situation is likely to change, and relatively soon, as a result of the increasing availability of sources that were born digital, and of Web archives in particular. The article ends with some reflections on several shifts in method and approach, which that changed situation is likely to entail.
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